The Kilachand Curriculum

The Kilachand curriculum invites students to formulate and discuss questions of scientific, social, ethical, and aesthetic significance and share their conclusions with a broad audience. Through a combination of seminars, lectures, break-out discussions, and experiential opportunities, students hone their creative and critical thinking skills and apply them to problems of contemporary relevance. The following comprise Kilachand’s academic requirements.

Over the course of their first year, students select two seminars from an array of optionsĀ in which they take an intensive, multi-dimensional look at contemporary political, literary, biomedical, public health, engineering, or artistic questions. In parallel to the seminars, first-year writing Studios engage students through textual analysis, composition, and revision

In the second or third year, students examine global challenges with a team of faculty representing multiple disciplines. They explore solutions to some fundamental problems facing human societies, such as climate change, global health concerns, and refugee crises that are best understood in an interdisciplinary context.

In the second or third year, students explore scholarly research and the creative process by studying a variety of methodologies and applying them to contemporary issues. Students gain an understanding of what constitutes data in various disciplines and how to evaluate the data, facts, and statistics they see every day.

In the fourth year, students take Innovation, Culture, and Society, which examines the impact of innovation through case studies. Students consider the broader implications of their own research and develop strategies to present and communicate their work to a general audience.

There are various pathways through which Kilachand students can complete the Kilachand Research Requirement, such as the Kilachand Keystone Project, Honors in College of Arts and Sciences majors, a BA/MA or BA/MS thesis, College of Communication Production Honors, the Senior Thesis for Distinction in Sargent College, or the College of Engineering Senior Design Project. Regardless of pathway, students should aim for the highest standards of the discipline or interdisciplinary area they select and all Kilachand students present their work at the annual Kilachand Symposium. Students pursuing the Kilachand Keystone Project pathway enroll in Proposal Workshop in their third year and Keystone Directed Study in their fourth year to support their research process.

Ordinarily, Kilachand students will satisfy a majority of their BU Hub requirements through the Kilachand curriculum. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied from a wide range of available courses within and outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Kilachand students should consult with their Kilachand advisor to discuss how Kilachand will be their unique pathway through the BU Hub.

During their time at Kilachand, students engage in various enrichment experiences that provide them with the opportunity to interact with committed, stimulating, and accomplished intellectuals, artists, and professionals in ways that complement the curriculum and provide insight into the backstory of scientific, artistic, technological, and political activities.